The 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival might be months away, but planning on this exciting and inspiring science celebration is well underway. It’s never too early to mark your calendars and start planning your festival visit!

2017 Festival Highlights

Programs for the 18+ Crowd

Friday, April 21 – Friday, April 28
Various Locations
Think that having fun with science is just for kids? Think again! Whether it’s a quirky scientific cabaret about the birds and the bees or an event allowing you to savor the science of a perfect pint, this year’s Festival boasts an exciting line-up that is sure to delight and engage those 18 and older.

Family Programs

Science at the Ballpark (Festival preview!)
Sunday, April 9
Citizen’s Bank Park

Root for the Phillies and explore sports-related activities all throughout the concourse. 

Science in the Park

Saturday, April 22

Various locations

Bring the family for a day of fun, hands-on activities exploring the extraordinary power of science, technology, engineering, and math!

Tinker Lab

Saturday, April 22

NextFab Studio North

Participants are encouraged to make, build and design at this innovator’s wonderland.

Be a Scientist for a Day!

Sunday, April 23

Various locations

Be a scientist at these fun-filled programs where area STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals invite you to get a sneak peek at what makes being a scientist so cool!

Family Science Sunday in New Jersey

Sunday, April 23

Rowan University & Rowan College Burlington County

Join scientists and students from the Rowan campuses for a day filled with hands-on science activities and demonstrations!

Science After School

Monday, April 24 – Thursday, April 27

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Various library locations


Have fun with local engineers, scientists, and other experts at these FREE programs that are packed with exciting experiments, animal encounters, and hands-on, kid (and scientist) approved activities.

Science Storytime at Smith Playground

Wednesday, April 26

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Smith Memorial Playground


Join the Philadelphia Science Festival for a morning filled with science stories, dancing and hands-on science activities!

Science in the National Park

Thursday, April 27

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Independence National Historical Park

There is so much science to celebrate in the birthplace of our country.  This event is a free field trip opportunity, with free buses available for 4th grade classes thanks to the Every Kid in a Park Foundation.

Citywide Star Party

Friday, April 28

7:30 – 10:00 pm

Various locations


Join the biggest stargazing party in the region as area astronomers provide tours of the night sky that will unlock the wonders of the universe.

Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing

Saturday, April 29

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing


Don’t miss this super-fun, super-charged all-day event featuring more than 150 exhibitors! This FREE event features non-stop, family-friendly experiments, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment.